Sunday, November 28, 2010

Well... Damn...


Thanks for the laughs, Mr. Nielsen.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Today's Bit O'Advice

If you happen to have a leftover McDonalds cheeseburger from the night before in your car, don't eat it for breakfast.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Buffering...

Trying to get into the writing mood to put together a post. Perhaps some manner of ice cream will help. In the meantime, the Man Who Hated His Hair!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

My Friend Netflix

Currently at Casa Baisch:
The Time Traveler's Wife - Yes, I know this is a chick flick but the premise sounds kind of neat. Besides, I'm a sucker for time travel stories.
Wanted - Didn't get a chance to see this in theaters but I'm told it's pretty good. It has Terence Stamp so it can't suck, right?

Getting sent back Monday is Doomsday. Like time travel, I'm a sucker for post-apocalyptic stuff. However, the movie is pretty much 28 Days Later in the first half, Mad Max in the second, with a dash of what the hell in between.

Waiting in the wings are:
Hollywood Shuffle - I haven't seen this Robert Townsend comedy masterpiece in over 20 years. Whatever happened to Robert Townsend anyway? It seems like he disappeared after Meteor Man.
Martian Child - Based on a David Gerrold novel, a science-fiction writer adopts a kid who claims he's from Mars. I think you can see why this might appeal to me.
Syriana - Oil and politics. Now where have I heard about that before?

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Fighting for your rights, just no satin tights


So apparently Wonder Woman got a new costume today. The nerd outcry has been deafening.

We go through this every single time there's a costume change. Remember Electric Superman? How about Captain America's new duds? This sort of thing isn't new and certainly isn't new to the character of Wonder Woman.

Honestly, I find the outrage to be a bit hypocritical. Wonder Woman is consistently a low seller for DC. Most of the people who are buying superhero comics are boys, and boys aren't typically interested in girls who can kick their ass let alone women who can kick their favorite hero's ass. All of a sudden these fanboys, who didn't care to read Woman Woman past its new first issue back in the summer of 2006, claim to be angry over a costume change designed to drum up interest in the book again. If half of the fanboys eagerly eating up Batman every month were also buying Wonder Woman, this publicity stunt wouldn't have been necessary.

I'm not a fan of Jim Lee's artwork, but the costume certainly isn't the worst thing she's ever worn. It looks a lot more practical than running about in heels.

So what does Lynda Carter think of the new look?
"I think Wonder Woman has a mind of her own. And I think she was just kind of ready for something new. She's got an attitude and if this is the new thing that she wants to wear, well, by God, she's going to wear it. And I like that."


EDIT: Here's a nice history of Wonder Woman's costume changes since her debut.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

I Missed You All

Oh how I've been wanting to do some blogging over the past couple of weeks. You're probably thinking, "Big deal, Big Boy You've been gone for months!"

The work situation has been pretty dire of late. We just finished work on the largest bid of our company's history on top of our normal insane workload. Thankfully, we had a new staff member start last week which will hopefully help lighten my workload a little bit. We'll see how that goes. I've been doing my best to try and keep up with you homies on the blogroll when I get the chance to take a break during the day.

Juice is quickly dwindling on this here iPad so I'll wrap up this brief note for now. Hope to wax vainly again soon.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Two Words: Entitlement Whiner

Having done the child thing twice now (well, one was already a toddler when I came along), I know how difficult it can be taking them into public. Pushing a stroller, keeping their hands out of store shelves, the crankiness, etc. I get it. Really, I do.

However, people like this woman really irritate the living crap out of me. She talks about "mommy rage" as if she's entitled to be that way for merely having a kid. Sorry, but it doesn't work that way. "Out of my way, I'm a mom"? If I may indulge a bit of bawdy language, "Bitch, please."

An incident I remember rather well involved being at a video store looking at the used discs (I've occasionally struck cheap Criterion gold by browsing). This women in her SUV-sized stroller comes over and stops maybe an inch away as I'm crouched down (because that's where all the good discs are to be found). I'm annoyed but don't so anything. She then bellows, "Excuse me" and moves her arms as if getting ready to push her monstrosity through. The corridor was rather cramped so it's not as if I could just move to a side and let her by. I get up and move to the open end so Bully Mom can pass. Here's the best part. She parks her stroller in the middle of the aisle and begins browsing the discs! I wanted to say something but all that came to mind was a littany of profanity that would embarrass a sailor. So, I was the bigger man and just left.

No, having a child does not entitle you to anything but 18 years (at least) of motherhood with maybe some laughs and aggravation thrown in over the years. "Common courtesy" as mentioned by Ms. Albert, is a two-way street. Let's go down the list of commands made in that last paragraph, shall we?
  • "So please, pay attention"—holy crap, she said "please." Asking people to pay attention isn't too much to ask. I ask people to do this all the time as they chat on their mobile phones, walking in some lackadaisical pattern... as they push their strollers, and make it impossible to pass them on the Metro platform.
  • "be courteous"—"Out of my way" is the epitome of courtesy? I had no idea.
  • "do your job correctly"—This just in: no retail employee is allowed to make a mistake ever lest you incur "mommy rage," even if it's not your fault. Sucks to be you, Wage Slave! I'm a mom!
  • "occasionally, lend a hand"—Not usually a problem, even when you stare daggers at me for having the temerity to do so. Oh noes, you can't do it all?!?! Now you'll never be like those harpies on Sex and the City!!!
Here's my favorite quote out of the entire column: "Oh — and curb ramps are for things with wheels, so step aside." Screw you, blind people! I'm a mom!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snowpacalypse 2010


I am officially over winter.

In case you hadn't heard, the winter weather in the DC area saw 3–4 feet of snow dumped in the span of a week through two storms. The federal government has been shut down all week so far and might as well be closed tomorrow since a) it's Friday and b) people are still recovering from the storms. Since I'm a corporate stooge, I've been in the office all week except for when I was working from home yesterday. A couple of people I know in the contracting world are somewhat miffed about the extended closure because they had to use their leave to cover days not worked whereas federal employees don't.

The initial salvo of snow dumped 2–3 feet of snow, causing power outages all over the area. The power was out at my place for nearly a day. While I would have been fine, I was fearful that the temperature in the house could drop enough to freeze plumbing and really make a mess of things. Thankfully, power was restored and it wasn't an issue.

Yesterday's salvo was more annoying than anything. A sizeable amount of snow fell but the high winds really kicked things up to where I couldn't drive to the office. Snow drifts covered once clear portions of the roads and it was pretty difficult to see at times. I didn't like it but I worked from home, which was fine.

It was around noon when a bird somehow got into the house and began flying frantically back and forth from the kitchen to the dining room. The cats were going nuts because prey was now in view. They followed the bird and jumped on the counters and furniture hoping to land themselves something more exotic than Meow Mix. Of course, with agitated cats, the dogs thought it was time to play with the cats and the next hour was spent trying to coax the damn bird out onto the back porch and keeping the pets in line. Eventually, I put some bread and peanut butter on a plate and put it on the back porch. The bird followed suit and finally this episode was over. The only thing missing was this:

Friday, February 5, 2010

Make Your Own Comics Day!

Smacky's better half sent him a link to this site. Here's what I made:

Monday, February 1, 2010

Cool Comic Stuff

First up, DC will not only be offering Green Lantern rings again in April but also, wait for it... Flash rings! The very vehicle Barry and Wally used to hold their costumes will now be a little more accessible to the masses. I have one from my Silver Age action figure set but it's a little on the small side for my sausage-like digits. A Legion flight ring would be cool but I won't hold my breath.

Saving the best for last, Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson surfaces and gives an interview. Still no regrets after 15 years. Good for him. His comics are still awesome after all these years.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Well...So Much for That

I should have known that promising to provide content on a regular basis would have been broken before too long. My job entails a good chunk of my time and the stumbling blocks in my personal life have made keeping that promise nearly impossible. It's been beyond frustrating to open up the New Post window only to have to either close it or go do something else and not return to my laptop for a day or three. During breaks I'd see friends, both on- and offline, post substantive material and I'd become even more frustrated.

So it would appear I'm back to where I began when I tried to relaunch things here. I'll update when I can and hope that when new material returns on a regular basis, you'll still be here.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Week of Hell

Probably the only Voyager pic you'll ever see on this blog
Not sure what deity I've angered but this week has been pretty much beyond awful. Hoping the weekend will prove better. Hitting a cookie exchange party today despite not having baked any cookies. Tomorrow, I'm finally going to Ray's the Steaks for an early dinner with a good friend. With any luck, it will prove to be a good sign for the week ahead.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The End of Time

Editor's Note: I fell asleep while composing this. Mea culpa.

So last night was the US premiere of the Doctor Who "season finale" "The End of Time". It ran on BBC America so that meant commercials interrupted the flow of the show, which is something I don't get from BBC broadcasts but I'd rather see it with commercials than not see it at all. My overall impression is that it was very good in parts but just plain silly in others. We're about to enter the spoiler vortex, so either jump in or stand back. Don't stare into it lest madness ensue.

Allons-y!

Jack Harkness you scoundrel!Let's get one thing over with off the bat, I am not a fan of the John Sims version of the Master. I understand he's supposed to be beyond insane but Sims' portrayal is a bit too over-the-top for me. That said, I appreciated that he was able to perform a noble act of self-sacrificing redemption in repelling the Time Lord invasion. The meter of the constant drumming in his head is all over the Doctor Who soundtrack and I thought it clever to incorporate it as the source of his madness. Slightly disappointed that it wasn't Lucy who recovered his ring, but that's not a big deal.
It's all for the greater goodThe whole business of the Time Lords being stuck in a "time box" isn't too much of a convenience I suppose. No more so than the Dalek army hiding out in the Genesis Ark back in Season Two's "Doomsday". I had no problem whatsoever with the Time War driving the Gallifreyans insane with blood lust (and Timothy Dalton plays a mad man brilliantly). Throughout the entire run of Doctor Who, the Time Lords have been portrayed as being super self-righteous and judgmental. For the most part, they've never been a fan of the Doctor (the end of the Patrick Troughton run, the constant bickering during the Tom Baker run, and so on). This all ties in to the Chris Eccleston version's pain and brooding quite well.

Speaking of the Time Lords, who was the woman Willfred kept seeing? Russell Davies says it's whomever you want it to be. Julie Gardner says it's the Doctor's mother. Other ideas I've seen floating around are Susan, Romana, Jenny, the Rani (I guess it's possible), and the Doctor's wife (judging by the cutaway to Donna in the wedding dress). I'm going to have to watch it again before hazarding a guess.

During the entire season with Donna, I've been wanting to see more of Wilfred Mott and was overjoyed when I heard he was to be the Doctor's companion at the end of this season. His sense of humor and devotion to the Noble family was a real high point for me that season. Wilfred's fatherly presence was something I felt the Doctor needed for some time now. Usually it's the other way around where the companions are concerned, especially during the early days of the show.

The ending was a bit indulgent with the goodbyes but I This is when De started cryingappreciated it anyway. Mickey and Martha were a given, as were Jack and Rose (Billie Piper looked weird to me for some reason). The farewell to Rose was a nice way of bringing the Russell Davies era full circle without bringing back the overwrought waa-fest at the end of "Journey's End". If anyone could brighten Jack's mood after "Children of Earth", it's the Doctor. The unexpected farewell to Verity, Joan Redfern's descendant, was brought on the waterworks at Casa Baisch. "Human Nature"/"Family of Blood" is probably my favorite Doctor Who story ("The Girl in the Fireplace" is a very close competitor). It was good to see that it was indeed considered a big deal in the Doctor's life.

The jury is still out where Matt Smith is concerned. He has great taste in clothes and he looks like he'll be fun if his catchphrase, "Geronimo!" is any indication. With the TARDIS so badly damaged (I don't remember the other regenerations being so hard on the old girl), it looks like we'll be repeating the theme of the Jon Pertwee era with a Doctor stuck on Earth for a while. In any case, I look forward to the coming season.Eject Buckaroo! Eject!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

I'm Back

I wasn't entirely sure if the sort of stuff I normally write about would be appropriate so soon after writing about an obit post. After a brief moment of clarity helped along by copious amounts of booze (believe me, I'm not proud), it occurred to me that Bri would have approved of many zany antics, so here I am.

Hope everyone's 2010 started out well. It was pretty damn cool on this end, thanks for asking. Spent New Year's Eve in the company of rather attractive Latvian women who didn't mind that I danced like a little kid with a sparkler. Their adoration was quickly dashed when my champagne flute was knocked out of my hand by an inebriated reveler and shattered on the floor. But that's not all -- I managed to walk into the ladies' room because of an oddly marked door (I don't read Latvian). Thankfully word didn't get out that I was a walking faux pas and festivities continued to be had.

New Year's Day began with a sumptuous brunch, a nap, and the Sci-Fi Channel's Twilight Zone marathon. Nothing says awesome day like wild boar sausage and the chain smoking of Rod Serling. It's too bad the Blu-ray set of the series won't be released until later this year because Sci-Fi (I refuse to call it SyFy) was plugging the hell out of the DVD complete series set. The TV spots did a great job of selling it... to nerds like me. Joe Average doesn't give two craps about Billy Mumy's introspective on "It's A Good Life" or the recordings of Rod Serling's lecture at Ithaca College. Sad, but all too true.

Today, I'm vegging out once again with plans to catch up on Doctor Who on BBC America and maybe have some popcorn. Yep. I lead the glamorous life.

My hopes for this year are to get the finances under control and get my personal life in order. Both were beyond rocky in 2009. I managed to get the weight aspect accomplished last year through a bit of dedication and hard work and expect I can apply the same to the aforementioned items. Also, my goal is to leave town at least 4 times this year -- and have one of those trips be out of the country. Let's see what the next 363 days have in store.

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